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PODCAST: Misogyny Re-loaded — An interview with Abigail Bray

In this episode I speak with Abigail Bray, the author of Misogyny Re-loaded, which has been described as “an explosive manifesto against the resurgent sexual fascism of the new world order.” The book addresses things like snuff pornography in “gore culture,” ageism, rape jokes, and the positive thinking movement in order to expose the various ...
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PODCAST: Cherry Smiley on Indigenous feminism, colonial violence and the sex industry

In this episode we hear a talk by Cherry Smiley. The talk is part of a series on Indigenous Feminism, put on by the First Nations Student Association at Simon Fraser University. Cherry is a front line anti-violence worker, an accomplished artist, activist, and public speaker. She is a co-founder of Indigenous Women Against the ...
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PODCAST: Decolonizing women’s history — Max Dashu on recovering women’s history

Why does women’s history matter? It seems like a simple answer — because we’re here, we’ve contributed and we’re human. But there’s more. Max Dashu has dedicated her life’s work to recovering the truth about women’s and indigenous histories — truths that have been omitted and erased from history books and misrepresented by the men ...
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PODCAST: Are breast implants ‘for you?’

Are breast implants “just for you?” In this episode, I speak with Lexie Kite of Beauty Redefined about the idea that breast implants build self-esteem and are simply a personal choice women make, as well as the possible health consequences of getting this kind of surgery. Lexie Kite completed her PhD in the study of ...
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PODCAST: Amnesty International supports legalizing prostitution & Canada strikes down their current laws. What’s next?

Last month a proposal from Amnesty International advocating for the legalization of prostitution was leaked. Feminists and women’s rights organizations around the world were appalled — why was an organization that had done so much work for human rights legitimizing a violent and exploitative industry such as prostitution? Why were they advocating for men’s “right ...
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PODCAST: Is there rape culture in politics? A panel discussion

This episode features a panel discussion on rape culture in politics. The panel took place on January 29, 2014 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and was organized by The Canadian Women Voters Congress and the UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Panelists are (in order of appearance): Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer, Executive Director ...
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PODCAST: Defending battered women on trial: An interview with Elizabeth Sheehy

In this episode, I speak with Elizabeth Sheehy about her new book, which looks at the cases of eleven women who are accused of killing their male partners in self-defense. The book is called: Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons From the Transcripts, and it highlights the barriers women face leaving their abusers as well ...
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PODCAST: Looking at intersections of class, race, and gender in substance abuse

When it comes to issues of substance abuse and addiction, many recovery models have been criticized as being geared towards men or said not to take into account the realities of women’s lives and experiences. Issues like sexual and physical abuse tend to factor heavily into the histories of women dealing with substance abuse. Beyond ...
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PODCAST: Is there such a thing as a ‘male brain’ or a ‘female brain?’

Feminists have long argued against the notion of innate ‘female’ or ‘male’ characteristics, pointing out the ways in which socialization impacts and shapes our behaviour. Yet a recent study out of Penn Medicine claims that there are, in fact, ‘hardwired difference between male and female brains’ that explain why men are supposedly better at certain ...
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PODCAST: ‘Prostitution: Not a job, not a choice’ – A talk by Janice Raymond

In this episode we hear a talk by Prof. Janice Raymond called: “Prostitution: Not a Job, Not a Choice.” This talk was recorded on November 30, 2013 as part of the annual Montreal Massacre Memorial event organized by Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter. Janice Raymond is professor emerita of women’s studies at the University ...
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PODCAST: Sweetening the Pill: Have we failed to be sufficiently critical of hormonal birth control?

In this episode, I speak with Holly Grigg-Spall, the author of Sweetening the Pill or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control. In the book, she looks at women’s experiences with the birth control pill, asking why, while millions of women take it every day, few really know how this drug works or the ...
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PODCAST: Sexual assaults on campus, sexual harassment on public transit — Women confront rape culture in public spaces

A string of sexual assaults were reported recently at UBC. The University has responded by expanding Safewalk services and has issued a number of warnings that women not walk alone at night. Some female students have organized a Take Back the Night rally and march in order to raise consciousness, share stories and challenge rape ...
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PODCAST: What way forward to end male violence against women? A talk by Lee Lakeman

Lee Lakeman was the recipient of this year’s Thakore Visiting Scholar Award for her work to end violence against women and to support victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse. This year, Lee retired from her position as a collective member at Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter and, in May, Lee received an honourary ...
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PODCAST: Street harassment, men’s rights activists, & hate speech: An interview with Michael Laxer

In this episode, Sarah Luca interviews Michael Laxer about street harassment, men’s rights activists, and how men can act as feminist allies and fight misogyny. Michael is a political activist and the chairperson of the Socialist Party of Ontario. He writes for rabble.ca and published an article entitled: “Sexual harassment on the street: Taking misogynist ...
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PODCAST: Why are rape chants still tolerated on university campuses? Lucia Lorenzi on the #UBCrapechant

Many Canadians were shocked when a video surfaced of students at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax chanting “Y is for your sister U is for underage, N is for no consent Saint Mary’s boys we like them young.” Last week we learned a similar chant was taking place during frosh week at the University of ...
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